Things to do in Saudi Arabia
Al Khobar - enjoy a drive along the King Fahd Causeway
The two countries of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have been linked by the King Fahd Causeway Al Khobar since its completion in 1986. The causeway is 25km in length and is made up of a series of 7 embankments and 5 bridges, the longest of which is 5km long. A drive along the causeway gives great views of the region, especially as you pass over the water between the two countries.
Jeddah - visit the King Fahd fountain
Saudi Arabia is host to the world’s largest fountain, located in the Red Sea near to Jeddah. The fountain forces water up to to a height of over 300 metres. Named after its creator King Fahd, it is modeled after Lake Geneva’s fountain, and can be seen for miles in either direction, especially when it is lit up at night. Although located in the Red Sea the water in the fountain is desalinated making to possibly the most expensive water fountain ever built.
Makkah - explore the histoic Al-Mukarramah
The area of Makkah Al-Mukarramah is home to some of the most important sites in the Muslim world, and is probably the most visited part of Saudi Arabia. Of all the buildings in the region the most important are the Holy Mosque and the Kaabah, where millions of devote Muslims travel to as part of Hajj. The Black Stone is located in the Kaabah and is considered by Muslims to be a holy relic. There is so much to see in the area it can take many days to cover everything, but please ensure to pay respect to religious sensitivities and traditions.
Riyadh - walk the historic At-Turaif District
Located in central Saudi Arabia, on a limestone plateau near Riyadh the At-Turaif District in ad-Dir'iyah is a magnificent example of construction, in the Najdi style, that only exists in this region of the Middle East. Built entirely from clay, the buildings are a series of temples, forts and residential homes, many of which remain in their original form. Walk around with a guide and learn about the history of the Saud Royal Family and see many interesting old buildings, some of which date back to the early 15th century.
Introduction to Saudi Arabia
Home to Islam's' holiest city, Mecca, fabulously wealthy Saudi Arabia has much to tempt visitors able to cope with the cultural differences in this strongly Muslim country. Its capital, Riyadh, home to the Saudi royal family, lies in the central highlands, one of the most conservative regions. Along with Mecca and its gateway, Jeddah, the historic city of Medina lies on the Red Sea coast, the traditional location of the state's commerce and trade. In the remote and rarely-visited north is the Nabataean ruined city of Madain Saleh, dating back 2,000 years. Mostly fiendishly hot in summer, Saudi Arabia holds cooler mountain resorts, with Abha and Taif the best-known. The many forts and defensive landmarks are the biggest draws here, with the nomadic lands of the Empty Quarter attracting those wishing to experience the world's largest no-man's land. Near the centuries-old port of Jeddah are great dive sites and beaches as well as theme and water parks good for family visits. Saudi Arabia hotels in the major cities and resorts are Western-style but comparatively expensive. Non-Muslims cannot enter Mecca or Central Medina, but the Grand Mosque Masjid Nawabi containing Mohammed's grave can be visited by persons of any faith.